Highlights from recent research on the science of climate change communication:
- Half of voters regard President Trump's environmental policies unfavorably. Only one in four regard them favorably (League of Conservation Voters, 2017).
- Nearly half of voters in more than 400 counties that Trump won in the 2016 election oppose his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement (NBC News & The Wall Street Journal, 2017).
- Around one in three registered voters say Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement will be "extremely important" to their vote in the 2018 midterm elections (Politico & Harvard, 2017).
- Nearly six in 10 Americans believe climate change is human caused—an all-time high. Four in ten think climate change will lead to the extinction of the human race (Leiserowitz, Maibach, Roser-Renouf, Rosenthal, & Cutler, 2017).
- Four in five U.S. mothers and grandmothers are worried about climate change (Moms Clean Air Force, 2017).
- Emphasizing the health benefits of curbing air pollution can build support for climate policy among people who care about public health (Walker, Kurz, & Russel, 2017).
- People trust messengers who share their values and beliefs. For this reason, many conservatives don't see Pope Francis as a credible source of information about climate change (Richler, 2017).
- Comparing climate change to war can create a sense of urgency and persuade Americans to shrink their carbon footprints (Flusberg, Matlock, & Thibodeau, 2017).
- Explaining the consequences of failing to address climate change can make people more concerned and more likely to take action. Explaining the upside of addressing climate change can make people more hopeful, but it may also make them feel less concerned and less likely to take action (Bilandzic, Kalch, & Soentgen, 2017).
- A new study finds that the competing frames of climate change—as an issue of national security, human rights or environmental health—have roughly the same effect on views of climate change policy (Singh & Swanson, 2017).
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